Great South Run diver thanks museum

CPO Ian Fleming, pictured inset at the Great South Run, hands over �500 to John Bevan, head of Gosport's Diving Museum
CPO Ian Fleming, pictured inset at the Great South Run, hands over �500 to John Bevan, head of Gosport's Diving Museum
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IT WAS a gruelling feat that would test any man’s endurance skills.

Chief Petty Officer (Diver) Ian Fleming, a Royal Navy diver and bomb disposal expert, completed the Great South Run in a 200lb diving suit.

GSR 2012  THE GREAT SOUTH RUN 2012 (CS+MOL) MRW 28/10/2012''The 2012 Great South Run was the 23rd running of the event and had 25,000 entrants ''Job done ! - Navy diver CPO Ian Fleming completes the course after 3 days ! ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (123513-582)

GSR 2012 THE GREAT SOUTH RUN 2012 (CS+MOL) MRW 28/10/2012''The 2012 Great South Run was the 23rd running of the event and had 25,000 entrants ''Job done ! - Navy diver CPO Ian Fleming completes the course after 3 days ! ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (123513-582)

The suit was loaned by the Diving Museum in Stokes Bay Road, Gosport.

And to say thank you for the help, CPO Fleming and the rest of his team paid the museum’s staff a visit to hand over a £400 cash boost.

CPO Fleming is based at Horsea Island on the bomb disposal team in Southern Diving Unit 2 and has served for 28 years in the Royal Navy.

He said: ‘The team really enjoyed the tour of the museum.

‘There are some wonderful exhibits and I’m extremely grateful for the support.’

A team of fellow navy divers ran in a range of historical diving kit supplied to them by the Gosport charity-run museum.

CPO Fleming raised £7,300 for the British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association.

He has also given an extra £400 to the museum as a thank you for the support.

The museum, usually closed at this time of year, made special arrangements for the divers’ visit.

The staff then showed the bomb disposal team the various bits of diving kit and exhibitions they keep.

For the 10-mile run, CPO Fleming wore a full Siebe Gorman standard diving kit.

If you would like to donate to the fund, visit justgiving.com/chiefdiver.